Diaper Cream for Cloth Diapers

Jennifer - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )




Just wondering what everybody uses for Diaper rash when your using cloth diapers? What detergent do you use with cloth diapers?


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Jordan - posted on 12/10/2011




We use Olive Oil or Shortening for Diaper Rash and Air Drying the bottom. The Sun preferably helps with the air drying. W use Eco's All Natural Laundry Detergent. All works awesome for us. Hope you find what you are looking for!
Btw, I would not recommend a Diaper Cream mixed with Cloth Diapers. They are not compatable and it makes the diaper not work as effectively and encourages future rashed because the diapers can not get clean. They will need to be stripped. There are certain creams they say you can get at the Health Food Store that are compatible with Cloth Diapers, but you want to make sure it is on the tube. We have not used those creams.

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2011




We use CJ's BUTTer & it's amazing! Cd safe, smells delish & doesn't harm the diapers : )

Becky - posted on 07/10/2011




Cornstarch is the bestthing I found. Sprinkle some at the first signs of redness, oddly it acts like a lubricant. Just don't let you or the baby breathe it in. But if you sprinkle and immediately close up the diaper, we've had no problem with that. And the redness and moisture is usually gone by the next diaper change.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/09/2011




GroVia Magic Stick!!!! A serious must have for any baby! It has a pleasant smell, it's completely cloth diaper safe, and it's a stick so it's not messy. It's also all natural and organic :)

I've used regular old diaper cream on other babies (nephews, nieces, kids I've babysat for) and not once did I ever put it on them and the rash was gone within one to two diaper changes. I use this on my daughter and her rash is usually gone by the next time I change her! I seriously cannot imagine trying to use the messy smelly stuff. It's totally worth every penny.

Becky - posted on 07/28/2009




I don't have a baby yet, put I heard a preventative to getting diaper rash is to use a little petroleum jelly, like vaseline, on the bum when you change the diaper it give a natural barrier from the moisture. This is what I am planning on doing. I hope it helps you.

Jen - posted on 07/28/2009




My baby gets diaper rash occassionally even when I use wool covers or let her air out, and even when my wash routine is perfect. She goes #2, and then I don't catch it quick enough, is usually what happens! Use any cream you want, but what I do is lay one of her cloth wipes (a dry one) between her skin and the diaper so my diapers don't repel. I could care less about the condition of my cloth wipes, you know? I bought super cheap baby wash clothes at my grocery store because even though I don't mind paying good money for a good diaper, a wipe? You know? So anyways, that's my .02.

Nicola - posted on 07/27/2009




I saw that someone recommended Sudocrem. I used it on my daughter and although it did clear up the rash to begin with it actually made it worse because it waterproofed the nappies! I was recommended bepanthen. It did the trick.

As for washing I use non bio like Fairy, though at moment it's Bicarb of Soda and Vinegar - still recovering from the Sudocrem

Julie - posted on 07/25/2009




I use regular Zinc oxide cream. I use a fleece liner and it keeps the cream off my dipes as well as it keeps baby feeling dry because it wicks the moisture away!

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Nature's Essence Better Butt(er) Cream and Grandma El's diaper ointment are both great products, and for the wash I use Country Save or Henry's Farmer's Market Laundry Detergent.

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009




thanks everyone! Well, I'm not sure if it's a true diaper rash or just from teething. It's not his bottom that turns red and he might be red one day and clear the next. I like using pocket diapers and use charlie's soap.

Vilate - posted on 07/24/2009




oh, the diaper rash! I use fitteds with wool covers. The only time I have had rashes is when I changed laundry soap and then just naked time worked great!

If you have lots of rashes you should try a few things,

strip your diapers, a buildup of detergent can cause rashes.

check your detergent make sure it doesn't have enzymes. *they eat your baby's skin!

add tea tree oil to the wash cycle (3-5 drops) to help kill any bacteria on the diapers

if your baby has supper sensitive skin you may need to change more often


If you are using a diaper of cover with a PUL (waterproof) layer in it them your baby's bum may not be getting the air circulation it needs. I use a fitted and a wool cover, both so very breathable and we don't have rashes.

I have tons of wool info on my webpage if you are interested


btw i agree with Elizabeth, lanolin is great! It is great for tons of things, like keeping things dry for rashes and for adding more moisture like for really dry skin! :)

Good luck

Lindsey - posted on 07/24/2009




I too use butt paste in horrible cases. Other than that I always use cornstarch! I also use free and clear with baking soda or washing soda!

Sheri - posted on 07/24/2009




I use the Bert's bees almond oil diaper rash cream in the rare situation that Annie has a rash. Also, I use All Free and Clean, as well as baking soda in the wash.

Heather - posted on 07/24/2009




Hi Jennifer, do you have sudocream in the states? It's fantastic, and not just for nappy rash. If you dont I can mail you a pot if you like. Use a non bio detergent on your cloth nappies and the best cure for nappy rash is to wash your baby with a baby bath or soap, dry well and use the sudocream, whenever you get a chance, leave your baby nappy free as much as you can. Trust me, my son had horrendous nappy rash when teething and after trying out pretty much everything, the quickest and best cure for it was washing instead of using baby wipes and sudocream and plenty of fresh air.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/23/2009




Lanolin!!! It's natural and comes right out so no need for liners. I have to add though with cloth you don't get diaper rash maybe a very ocassional heat rash or yeast. Lanolin will work well with the heat rash but you need to use yeast medicine for yeast and sanitize the diapers. If it's neither of those then it's from sitting in a soiled diaper too long so instead of a "cream" change more frequently and let air out in between.

I use BioKleen or Purex Free & Clear. I prefer BioKleen but I have to go to a different store so I don't get it as often as I like. But it does last at least 3 months when I do have it. I use about 2 tablespoons. Here is a list of detergents to use and what not to use. You especially don't want one that has enzymes.


Heather - posted on 07/23/2009




Hi Jennifer,

I use butt paste, but with a disposable liner for the (rare) incidents of rash. Is your little one having lots of problems with this?

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